NewsOne Nigeria reports that gunmen in the early hours of Thursday, April 8, attacked the Mbieri Divisional Police Headquarters situated in the Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo state, southeast Nigeria.
A report monitored on PUNCH newspaper, quoted an indigene of Mbieri to have said that the fleeing gunmen struck around 1am and immediately released the suspects in custody in the police facility.
According to the report, the gunmen also took away the phones belonging to suspects and the police operatives at the Division.
However, a police source at Division told PUNCH newspaper that the gunmen were repelled by the policemen on duty.
The police source said “We resisted them but they overpowered us. They had more sophisticated weapons. They took all the phones they saw, released the suspects when they gained access and vandalised the police building.”
The source confided in PUNCH newspaper that the attackers kidnapped one police officer and injured two other police officers.
Also giving an account of the incident, a community leader, Nokey Ebikam, told PUNCH newspaper that the police divisional headquarters was not burnt.
According to him, the gunmen didn’t raze the police facility but freed the suspects in detention after vandalising the Division.
Another indigene of the area, Darlington Irobi, confirmed the attack on the police facility to PUNCH newspaper.
The indigene of the area also disclosed that the suspects were freed by the rampaging gunmen.
Similarly, a Police spokesperson in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the attack on the police station when he was contacted by The PUNCH on Thursday morning.
Ikeokwu also confirmed that while one police officer was missing, two others where injured owing to the resistance put by the policemen on duty.
The Police spokesperson, also confirmed that some suspects detained in the police facility were freed by the attackers.
However, The Police spokesperson assured that the police authority in the state had commenced investigation into the attack, immediately.